National Work-based Learning Conference

April 22–23
Des Moines area, Iowa

Giving today’s students quality experiences for informed futures.

The Iowa Work-based Learning Conference is joining forces with ACTE to host a National Work-based Learning Conference.

A one-day conference (Wednesday, April 22) National Work-Based Learning Conference – $150


A two-day conference (Wednesday, April 22) National Work-Based Learning Conference & (Thursday, April 23) Iowa Work-Based Learning Conference – $250

All are welcome to register for the one-day or two-day conference.

For more description about each day of the Work-Based Learning Conference and Schedule at a Glance.


FFA Enrichment Center
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny Campus
1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

Opening Reception

On April 21, join us in the evening to kick off this year’s event!

Call for Presenters

Interested in presenting at the 2020 ACTE’s National Work-Based Learning Conference? This special event, co-hosted by, Iowa Work-Based Learning Organization, and the Association for Career and Technical Education® (ACTE®), is the first national work-based learning conference focused on supporting the delivery of quality experiences that foster in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required in a given career field. The conference will be held April 22-23, 2020, at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa, at the Des Moines Area Community College. Invited presenters will receive a discounted registration offer to attend the full event.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your programs and to share your expertise with colleagues.  The deadline to submit a proposal is 5:00 p.m. CT, Friday, January 17, 2020.

Submit Your Proposal


Residence Inn by Marriott Des Moines Ankeny
Address: 1515 SW Main St, Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 446-7300
Room Rate: $149 plus a 12% sales tax
Hotel reservation Deadline: March 31, 2020. Please note, hotel rooms may sell out prior to the reservation deadline.

To make a reservation, please call 515-446-7300 and mention the Association for Career and Technical Education to receive the discounted group rate.


Register Online

Online registration accepts purchase orders and credit cards. Once you start the registration, if you do NOT complete the registration, then you must logout. Next, click the link above again and log back in so that you can start the registration again, otherwise you may get an error message.

In order to register for conference, you must log in with your username and password.

How to Log In/Register

Where can I find my username and password?

ACTE members, log in with your email address as your username and your 6 digit acte id number+initials (first and last) as your password (e.g.,123456MS).

If you should experience any difficulties logging in we are here to help. Please contact ACTE by email at or call 800-826-9972.

If you are registering multiple people for the conference, be sure to log out of your account before starting a new registration. Click “LOGOUT” at the top of the page.

If you are a new user you will need to create an account.

Schedule at a Glance

Download Schedule

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WBL Schedule At a Glance